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19,000 children to benefit from government scheme

Almost 19,000 of the most disadvantaged three and four year-olds in Yorkshire and Humber will benefit from Early Years pupil premium initiative, the Department for Education announced today.

The Early Years Pupil Premium is worth up to £300 per head for children from low-income families. Credit: Press Association

The Early Years Pupil Premium is worth up to £300 per head for children from low-income families.

The initiative is designed to help children from falling behind before they have even started school.

Yorkshire and Humber will receive a hefty £5.4 million slice of the full the Early Years’ Pupil Premium worth a total of £50 million.

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Hull MP calls for more sexual education in schools

A Hull MP is calling for more sexual education in schools.

Diana Johnson says learning about relationships could help young people identify whether they're being groomed and reduce the risk of them becoming victims of sexual abuse.

The Government needs to do more in a range of areas to protect children from abuse and to support parents. One particular area where schools can help is by teaching children how to recognise inappropriate and suspicious behaviour, such as grooming. Pupils in every type of school need to be taught more about personal relationships than just the basic old-fashioned biology lessons of the past. We are reminded regularly in the news of all the opportunities and dangers that confront young people today. In our free, open, high-technology society we cannot protect youngsters totally from every conceivable danger and the increasing opportunities that potential abusers have. However, a modern education should give young people skills that tilt the odds in their favour - and firmly against those seeking to harm them. It would also help the fight against other costly social ills such as relationship breakdowns, domestic violence and unplanned teenage pregnancies.

– Diana Johnson MP

Hull MP calls for schools to help protect children from sex abuse

Diana Johnson GB Labour MP Kingston Upon Hull North Credit: Labour Party/The Labour Party/Press Association Images

Hull MP Diana Johnson is calling for lessons about sex and relationships to be made compulsory in classrooms.

The Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill requires the Secretary of State for Education to introduce education about sex and relationships into the National Curriculum, including raising awareness of violence against girls and women alongside building resilience against bullying and sexual abuse. Currently there is no requirement for schools to teach pupils about healthy relationships and issues such as consent.

“Everyone has been horrified by recent revelations about child sex abuse in places such as Rochdale, Oxford and Rotherham, and historic cases such as Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith.

“It’s appalling how many young victims have been exploited by paedophiles. The Government needs to do more in a range of areas to protect children from abuse and to support parents.

“One particular area where schools can help is by teaching children how to recognise inappropriate and suspicious behaviour, such as grooming. Pupils in every type of school need to be taught more about personal relationships than just the basic old-fashioned biology lessons of the past."

– Diana Johnson, MP Hull North

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Where it all began for Hockney

A new exhibition which looks at the early work of David Hockney opens today at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford.

Facing the press: David Hockney Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Entitled 'Looking is a Very Positive Act', the free exhibition will run until February 22nd next year.

The exhibition showcases a unique collection of the artist's early works, many from his time at Bradford College of Art from 1953 to 1957.

Included in the exhibition will be the important 'Self-portrait' collage on newsprint, from 1954 that shows Hockney before he became a blond, fashionable social sensation on the London arts scene.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's Executive member for Culture, said:

"David Hockney is not just Bradford's most famous artist but one of the most famous artists in the world. In recent years, Hockney has had large sell-out shows in London, Cologne, Bilbao, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with numerous smaller exhibitions taking place throughout the world. However it will be fascinating for people to see where Hockney's first works were produced and influenced - right here in Bradford."

Last month, Hockney's painting 'My Parents' from 1977 (in the national collection of Tate, London) was voted to be the nation's favourite by over 38,000 people.

Schools to take part in 'Big Sleep' for charity

Students from three Yorkshire schools - Trinity Academy in Halifax, Ossett Academy in Wakefield and Hall Cross in Doncaster - are to join forces to raise funds for the homeless as part of 'The Big Sleep'

Trinity Academy today revealed that 6th Form students will be sleeping rough to raise money for two homeless charities and gain a taste of the difficulties a homeless person faces on a daily basis.

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Schoolchildren learn life-saving skills

Nearly 12,000 children across the region are getting the chance to learn life-saving skills as part of European Restart a Heart Day. Volunteers from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be visiting secondary schools to teach pupils how to perform CPR.

Over 60,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double.

– Jason Carlyon, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Primary school children rehearse flash mob in Halifax

Pupils rehearse flash mob for Royal Albert Hall performance

650 primary school pupils from across Calderdale are preparing to head to the Royal Albert Hall next month where they'll perform a flash mob. They've been rehearsing for the event in Halifax town centre. Organisers say the performance celebrates the diversity of Calderdale and its community.

Women of the Year awards

An entrepreneur from Holmfirth who encourages other women to get on the boards of Britain's top companies was one of 400 women who celebrated their successes at a glittering ceremony in London today.

Organisers of the 60th Women of the Year event say it is as relevant as ever in the 21st Century.

David Wood's report contains flash photography.

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